8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23
The Travel Channel (Comcast Ch. 34)
While we’ve never been afraid of ghosts, we’ve always been afraid of what might happen to us if we ever saw one. Pretty much nothing would be off limits: Jump through a plate glass window? Douse ourselves with hot grease? Jump in the toilet feet first, twist the handle, and swirl serenely away? Nothing seems unreasonable in a blind panic we’d undoubtedly be gripped by. Still, we know there are some out there who not only want to see ghosts, but go in search of them. In this British import presented by the Travel Channel as part of their weekly Friday night “Weird Travels” programming, British ghost hunters visit some of the UK’s most haunted places, such as this week’s ethereal hotspots Bodelwyddian Castle and the Jamaica Inn. Not for the faint of heart, but fun in a poking-around-where-you’re-not-supposed-to sort of way.
MOVIES THAT SHOOK THE WORLD: DO THE RIGHT THING
9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23
AMC (Comcast Ch. 31)
There’s no denying that — by anyone’s yardstick, black or white — Spike Lee is a great director. That much is clear from films like his magnum opus “Malcolm X” and one of the small urban jewels of his early career: 1989’s “Do The Right Thing.” Focusing on a Brooklyn pizzeria and the racial violence that erupts in the middle of a heat wave, it’s one of the iconic films of the ’80s. In its “Movies that Shook the World” series, AMC looks at how it changed the face of America and the way we view racism.
GET UP, STAND UP: PROTEST AND POP
8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
Even before Bill Haley and the Comets first encouraged 1950s teens to “Rock Around the Clock,” popular music has served as the heartbeat of many world protest movements. In the late 20th century, however, a new, more pointedly argumentative protest music arose, and the world has never been the same. Here, as part of their slate of programming for “Sixties Week” (continuing nightly Sept. 26-29), PBS goes behind some of the greatest songs of struggle and dissent in history; tunes that fought against everything from Vietnam to apartheid, sung by everyone from Chuck Berry to Bob Marley. All we are saying/is give this one a chance. You won’t be sorry.